Completely redesigned, the new Rio has two body styles – five door hatch and four door saloon, two equipment levels (LX and EX), two gasoline engines (1.6 and 1.4 litres) with manual or automatic transmission, and for the first time in the Rio range a diesel engine (1.5 litres) with a manual gearbox as well as a range of optional equipment and special themed ‘option packs’.
Kyung-Soo Lee, Kia Motors Europe president, says: “While enhancing all aspects of our new products, we are retaining the brand’s allegiance to offering customers maximum benefits. The Rio is a car which will appeal to young people with a dynamic lifestyle – all across Europe."
Kia’s new 1.5 CRDi diesel engine features a common rail fuel injection system. Similar to the Cerato engine, this new unit meets the Euro IV emission standards. The 16-valve unit delivers a maximum of 108bhp.
Two 16-valve petrol engines are also available (1.6 and 1.4 litre) are available. The 1.6 DOHC power plant includes variable valve timing (CVVT) and produces 110bhp.
The all-new 1.4-litre engine makes its world premiere in the new Rio. This DOHC, 16-valve unit generates a maximum of 95bhp.
All three engines available in the five-door and four-door Rios are offered with a five-speed manual transmission as standard. Available as an option, a four-speed automatic transmission specifically developed and tuned for the Rio, is offered on both petrol engines.